Although Michael Bay’s Transformers movies divide casual viewers and fans alike, it’s hard to argue with the fact that Dark of the Moon, the third movie, is the 5th highest grossing movie of all time. However, it’s all change from movie number 4…
Bay was talking to the LA Times at the opening of the Transformers 3D ride in Florida and he got chatty about the future of the franchise:
When asked on the progress of the fourth movie he said: “It’s kind of daunting and scary — you want to try to keep it going, to match what’s come before. We’ve accomplished a lot [with the first three films] but that doesn’t mean you get anything handed to you or that you’ve got everything figured out.”
He confirmed that it’s a totally fresh beginning: “It’s a new cast. We’re moving on to something different.”
He also hinted that the story may go forward in time somewhat and that the robots may be redesigned, but strressed that this in NOT a reboot: “I don’t want to say reboot because then people will think we’re doing a Spider-Man and starting from the beginning. We’re not. We’re taking the story that you’ve seen — the story we’ve told in three movies already — and we’re taking it in a new direction. But we’re leaving those three as the history. It all still counts. I met with the writer before I went off to do ‘Pain and Gain’ and we talked about a bunch of ideas. We let that simmer for a bit. He’s been thinking about stuff and now we’re getting back together next week to see what we’ve got and to see if it gels.”
When asked of the new movie could take the action beyond our planet, he said: “I think so, yeah, a little. That feels like the way to go, doesn’t it? I want to go a little off but I don’t want to go too sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded.That’s what works in these movies, that’s what makes it accessible.” We’re not sure what he means by not going too sci-fi. We don’t think there’s anything MORE sci-fi, but hey, what do we know?
However, while the obvious choice is to set the movie on the Transformers home world of Cybertron (remember too that the annoying mini-bots in Dark of the Moon hinted that there’s many populated planets out there), it seems unlikely this will happen. Why? Well, they’re going to cut the budget: “Our mandate is to cut about $30 million.”
On the future after he leaves he said: “Here’s the thing, it’s tough to find someone who’s done these kind of movies and to have the complication of creating the new stuff that needs to be in this movie – not just characters but a new type of action, I hope – and that’s a lot for someone new to bite off. And so after this one I will leave it in the best hands possible. That’s the plan.”